thoughts on turning 50

Tori and Rachel

Above: Tori and Rachel, two leaders from our Plaza El Segundo store.

It’s surreal to be sitting here writing about what it means to be 50. I can tell you that I don’t really feel any different. I’m still the same me.

I have been dancing and moving since the age of 4, so I grew up with a keen awareness of my body, and what it felt like to move through space. I had a short professional dancing career in my mid 20s to early 30s, and also taught group exercise throughout my whole adult life. So, arriving at 50 was simply a graceful transition.

In the past few years, lululemon has become a big part of my life, and I have worn our products almost daily. I was hired as a store educator over two years ago, and have continued to make living a healthy balanced life a priority. I get to work and work out with some amazing people that help to keep me young at heart.

I was married and had both my kids in my 20s. Danced professionally and taught aerobics through my 20s, 30s and continue to teach today. I am currently teaching a Barre Workout at Barre Physique in Manhattan Beach, California. I feel healthy and fit, and know that living an active lifestyle has helped me to reach this age and know that I have so much still to do! I’ve been married for over 27 years and my husband Jim and I enjoy a wonderful marriage. With our children grown, we are having the time of our lives.

I have to be honest though, and mention that I did have moments of panic at the idea of being 50. Then a thought came to me, which continues to inspire me to seize this moment. There will come a time when I only wish I was 50 again. So I am embracing this moment and celebrating the life I have lived so far, and know that I will continue to inspire and encourage those around me to live each day with gratitude and praise.

I know it’s kind of a cliché, but like a fine wine, I only get better with age. Cheers!

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Very encouraging.

Comment by Susan Fuller Marble — September 1, 2009 @ 11:56 am

kudos to you tori! I loved meeting you at my EIT a couple of weeks ago and feel inspired by you once again! :D xoxoxo

Comment by sabrina — September 1, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

I love reading this! It’s great hearing the perspective of someone who just turned 50, I was going through my own journey of just turning 20!

Comment by Cassandra — September 1, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

You are a truely amazing woman and I love working with you. Tori you bring great energy to the floor and it’s encouraging to know a woman who is fabulous at 50!! YOU GO GIRL!!! :)

Comment by Hilary — September 1, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

I’m 29, with 9 1/2 months to go until the big 3-0! I have long been anxious about this milestone birthday, and found your perspective refreshing. It truly is about how we feel and if we live a life we’re proud of, not what age we are. Thanks for your wisdom!

Comment by Suzanne — September 1, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

Thanks Tori! This was an amazing story. Happy Birthday!

Comment by Lara — September 1, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

Tori–you are truly inspiring! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I’m so glad to be part of the team. :)

Comment by Jenna — September 1, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

Wow! Thanks everyone for such great comments. I’m glad it’s inspired many of you to embrace where you are and live your life to it’s fullest potential.

Comment by Tori Allen — September 1, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

I believe that age is a gift – I think about people I have loved who have not been given that opportunity. I aspire to continue to accept the gifts of the coming years with eagerness, curiosity and grace. Tori – thank you for sharing your journey – you are an inspiration! xo Sandie

Comment by Sandie — September 2, 2009 @ 9:48 am

Tori, you inspire me so much. Love ya! xo

Comment by Rach — September 6, 2009 @ 11:07 am

Tori- You are a great person to be around! I feel so luck to have had the opportunity to work with you! :)

Comment by Teryn — September 16, 2009 @ 10:06 am

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